This is my version of the six traits of writing. I have broken down the writing traits to utilize while grading an essay. I use this rubric to grade essays by just circling and underlining what applies for each student. I will attach this sheet to the essay, or just give it to them with my notes. This is a great way to break up the traits of the paper and give students tangible ways to improve his or her writing. It makes it simple and quick; then there is no question as to why a student scored poorly or great for their essay.